Smelt in Tomato Sauce
(Domates Soslu Gumus Baligi)
1 pkg (454 gr) frozen Smelt, thawed
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup sunflower oil
1 cup tomato, peeled, cut in cubes
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/2 tsp oregano
Cooke all the sauce ingredients until the tomatoes are softened.
Gut the Smelt, wash them with cold water and drain. Sprinkle some salt all over. Pour the sunflower oil into a large skillet and heat it up over medium heat. Place the flour on a large plate, hold each Smelt at its tail and dip in the flour. Fry as much as will fit in the skillet for 4-5 minutes. Turn over halfway through. You probably won't need to turn over the very small ones:) When done, place the fried Smelt on a plate with paper towel on it to soak up the extra oil.
Place cooked tomato sauce on a service plate. Arrange the fried smelts on the sauce. Serve with Arugula Salad.